Super fan

The man with a satellite dish and a television set has become a common feature in the stands at Zebras and Township Rollers games at the Francistown Sports Complex.

When cheering on the national team he paints his dish and TV set blue, black and white.

When his beloved Popa take the field, their darker shade of blue and yellow replace the national colours.

Born and bred in Masukwane, North East, 33-years-ago, Bikani Jackson Malika and his love for these two sides developed from listening to match commentary on Radio Botswana.

“I only saw Township Rollers in my early teens when I visited my elder brother in Francistown. I watched them as they beat Tafic 2-1 in a league game,” he says adding that it was on this day that his spiritual bond with Rollers was cemented.

In 2003, after finishing his Junior Certificate, he moved to Gaborone where he now had the privilege of watching and cheering on Mapalastina in all of their home games.

His love for the blues grew stronger as they continued to dominate local football.

“I love Rollers so much and I am always thinking of new ways to show my support from the stands. This is how the idea of the satellite dish, microphone and TV set came about. I loved it so much that I decided to adopt it as my symbol,” he says proudly.

Malika relocated to Francistown in 2012, where he currently works as a Dulux paints salesman.

However, the ardent fan still travels around the country to cheer on Rollers as often as his work commitments permit.

For the lucrative Mascom Top 8 tournament he decided to pay tribute to the sponsors by draping his dish in their colours at games in Orapa and Francistown.

He denies that he did this because he wants to win the tourney’s best supporter prize.

“I added the Mascom colours to show my appreciation for the support they are giving our football. I attended the BDF XI and Orapa United games because I love football. If I am voted best supporter it will be a bonus. If other Mascom games had been closer to Francistown I would have watched more,” says Malika who is confident his beloved blues will lift the top eight cup in Ghetto tomorrow.

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